“Vision for the Arctic”
Kiruna, May 15, 2013. Ministers from the eight Arctic states and representatives of the Arctic Indigenous Peoples met in Kiruna May 15 at the conclusion of Sweden’s two-year Chairmanship of the Arctic Council. They adopted a statement entitled ‘Vision for the Arctic’. It outlines the Arctic states’ and indigenous Permanent Participants’ joint vision for the development of the region. The states also signed a new, legally-binding Agreement on Cooperation on Marine Oil Pollution Preparedness and Response in the Arctic.
→Vision for the Arctic
Recommendations for Canada
as Chair of the Arctic Council
Ottawa, September 2012. Since the creation of the Arctic Council in 1996 all eight member states have served as chair, starting with Canada from 1997 to 1999. Now Canada will assume the chair again from 2013 to 2013. “As melting sea-ice opens the region to shipping and resource extraction, the Arctic Council has become essential; if it did not exist, it would have to be created”, writes Michael Byers in his report “Circumpolar Challenges” for the Rideau Institute in Ottawa. The Munk-Gordon Arctic Security Program put forward suggestions for Canada´s chairmanship.
→ Circumpolar Challenges
→ Canada as an Arctic Power
Thawing of Permafrost
expected to Cause significant
Additional Global Warming
Bremerhaven/Doha, Nov. 27, 2012. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) published a Report on the status of the global permafrost regions, how climate change is impacting the permanently frozen soils in the Arctic, Siberia and in the high mountain regions and which potential hazards emanate from the thawing ground. “The Report shows that in future the change in the permafrost will present a very great challenge to society“, says co-author and permafrost expert Dr. Hugues Lantuit from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI).
→ The AWI Press Release
→ The UNEP Permafrost Report
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